Significance of MakKar Sankranti
In the Vedas, Sankranti deciphers movement of the Sun from one rashi to the next. Hence, there are 12 Sankrantis in a year. Out of these, the Makar Sankranti is considered the most auspicious and it is one of the few Hindu festivals that is aligned with the solar cycle.
The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the harvest season when new crops are worshipped and shared with delight.
It is known with different names in different states. Let's look at how Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different parts of India.
Uttarayan (Gujarat). The sky is filled with kites as people enjoy two full days of Uttarayan on their terraces.
Maghi Sankrant (Maharashtra) People celebrate Makara Sankranti in Maharashtra by exchanging til-gud as tokens of goodwill.
Suggi Habba (Karnataka) Makara Sankranti is celebrated in Karnataka with a ritual called "Ellu Birodhu” where women exchange “Ellu Bella” (regional delicacies made using freshly cut sugarcane, sesame seeds, jaggery, and coconut) with at least 10 families.
Pongal (Tamil Nadu) People worship Sun God and the Earth. Since it is a festival of harvesting so the first paddy that is harvested is used to make the Pongal. The rice is boiled with milk and is made to spill out to make the Pongal.
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